20 Bat-related titles are not enough, says DC Entertainment, so they gave us two more ongoing series to be released this October: Arkham Manor by Gerry Duggan and Shawn Crystal, and Gotham Academy by Becky Cloonan, Karl Kerschl and Brenden Fletcher.
But here is the most shocking part of the announcement: both series will be in continuity New 52 titles despite being the most un-New 52 titles ever.
Gerry Duggan has written Hulk, Nova and Deadpool for Marvel. Becky Cloonan is the first female artist to draw Batman and is best known for the Eisner-nominated Demo, while Brenden Fletcher is known for writing Assassin’s Creed comics.
Arkham Manor will center around the conversion of Wayne Manor into a new branch of Arkham Asylum while Gotham Academy will center on teenagers attending the Bruce Wayne-funded academy, probably in an attempt to apologize to the youth population for his previous… failures. Still no word on whether the teenagers will have superpowers, though.
And just imagine the possibilities that a series like Arkham Manor has! Crazy-ass supervillains doing their supervillain thing while Bruce Wayne is hanging around in the basement playing with Bat-toys. The drama! The tension!
Every day is Batman Day, especially when it’s the character’s 75th anniversary.
It’s like DC Entertainment Co-publisher Jim Lee says, “There’s still more work to be done.” And by work, he means there’s still more Batman comic books to sell.
Check the official synopsis for both books below:
Welcome to GOTHAM ACADEMY! Gotham City’s most prestigious prep school is a very weird place. It’s got a spooky campus, oddball teachers, and rich benefactors always dropping by…like that weirdo Bruce Wayne. But nothing is as strange as the students!
Like, what’s up with Olive Silverlock? Is she crazy or what? Where did she go last summer? And what’s the deal with her creepy mom? And how come that Freshman MAPS is always following her around? Is she still going out with Kyle? P.S. did you hear the rumor about the ghost in the North Hall?
GOTHAM ACADEMY, written by Eister-Award-nominated Becky Cloonan (DEMO) along with Brenden Fletcher and illustrated by Karl Kerschl, arrives on October 1st. It’s a new, monthly teen drama set in the shadow of Batman and the craziness of Gotham City with new characters and old plus a secret tie to Gotham’s past…
And Arkham’s madness comes home in ARKHAM MANOR! A bold new series brought to you by the mad minds of Gerry Duggan (Deadpool, Nova) and Shawn Crystal (Deadpool, Wolverine and the X-Men). When catastrophe strikes Arkham Asylum, where will Gotham City house the world’s most dangerous criminals, and when inmates are found murdered, what is Batman prepared to do in search of justice? ARKHAM MANOR arrives on October 22nd.